OYO GOVERNMENT REPUTES ALLEGATIONS, SAYS STRIKE THREAT IS ILLEGAL

The Government of Oyo state has on Tuesday January 24th, denied all allegations labeled against it by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, describing the intended three-day warning strike from 24th — 26th January, 2018 as illegal.

OYO GOVERNMENT REPUTES ALLEGATIONS, SAYS STRIKE THREAT IS ILLEGAL

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By Standard Voice News

The Government of Oyo state has on Tuesday January 24th, denied all allegations labeled against it by the state chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, describing the intended three-day warning strike from 24th — 26th January, 2018 as illegal.

In a statement issued by the Government, the Secretary to the state Government Olalekan Alli, said “the state Government has consistently honoured its obligations to Labour by ensuring monthly salaries are paid from the 100% FAAC allocation to the State and the Budget Support Fund including over 70% of other receivables (Excess Crude and Paris Club Reimbursement. despite the Federal Government advice of 50% payment there from, for salaries)”

Mr Olalekan Alli also said “Government has also been fulfilling its other responsibilities, commitments and functions using other resources such as IGR, Credits and Grants at its disposal to satisfy the yearnings of the people as would be expected.

“ Salaries and pensions of workers at the State level have been paid up till and including November 2017 with only one (1) month salary and pension (December 2017) outstanding.

“By the laws setting up the tertiary institutions, Government is NOT responsible for the payment of salaries of workers in those institutions. In order to assist them, Government is ONLY obliged to grant the tertiary institutions SUBVENTIONS, which each institution would apply to whichever area of need that its Governing Council and Management may decide upon.

“The recent forensic audit reports on the tertiary institutions revealed a great deal of shortcomings such as inefficiencies, leakages, poor management, and other ineptitudes. Some institutions were even declared unsustainable and unviable. The consultant further recommended their closure. However, the recently constituted Governing Councils have been mandated to review their statuses and act suitably, revealed the Secretary to the Government.

According to the SSG, “Contrary to Labour’s allegation, although Government on assumption of office in 2011, inherited Local Government Pension arrears totaling N4,736,741,934.49, it is on record that Government has disbursed pensions and gratuity of retired primary school teachers to the tune of N11,729,534,282.54.

“Meanwhile, to avert further build up and eliminate the hardship arising there from, the Contributory Pension Scheme has been adopted as a solution to effectively address the issue.

“In view of the foregoing, and while dialogue continues, Government views the unilateral declaration of a 3-day warning strike by Labour as absolutely illegal, unwarranted and unjustifiable. Government hereby appeals to Labour to shelve its illegal unilateral industrial action.

“Similarly, Government enjoins all workers in the State not to absent themselves from duty, as doing so will attract the no-work no-pay rule according to the Trade Dispute Act 2010 Section43(1)(a),” said the Mr Olalekan Alli

 

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